A workplace emergency is a situation that threatens workers, customers, or the public; disrupts or shuts down operations; or causes physical or environmental damage. Emergencies may be natural or man-made, and may include hurricanes, floods, wildfires, winter weather, chemical spills, explosions, and many other hazards. Many types of emergencies can be anticipated in the planning process, which can help employers and workers plan for other unpredictable situations.
June is National Safety Month, and week one focuses on Emergency Preparedness. In the workplace, a variety of hazards can occur as a result of natural disasters and emergencies. For those working in the impacted area, it is vital to be prepared for an emergency by ensuring that employers and workers have the necessary supplies, know where to go, and know how to keep themselves safe when an emergency occurs. A solid emergency preparedness plan allows for more seamless communication and execution which can reduce serious injuries and fatalities.